Science winners off to Prague

Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all third-year Kinsale Community School students, are having one hell of a year.

Science winners off to Prague

Having bested 549 other entries at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition earlier this year, they are jetting off to Prague to compete in the 25th European Young Scientist Finals.

The trio won the BT Award in January with a project that focused on the effects of nitrogen-harvesting bacteria. They demonstrated that adding rhizobia soil bacteria to wheat and barley seeds greatly reduces germination time.

The study could have a major impact on speeding up the growth of crops.

The study involved checking more than 2,000 seeds every six hours to see if they had sprouted roots, and with checks taking almost three hours, the girls had little sleep for the near three-week trial.

Ciara said she was looking forward to the next competition and that it had been an amazing year for her, Emer and Sophie.

“I can’t wait to go to Prague,” she said.

The trio all received excellent results last week in their Junior Certificate Examinations, with Ciara scoring a whopping 12 As.

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